Obama moves forward, sights set on McCain

The media pundits along with the Obama campaign have decided that the race is done and Obama is the nominee. As such, his campaign has taken a forward-looking perspective toward the general election and a new strategy of taking on John McCain in November.

First, a report on it from Fox News:

While Hillary Clinton vowed to continue her fight “until there’s a nominee,” a general consensus was growing among Democrats Wednesday that the contest to become the party’s presidential candidate had already been decided beyond a reasonable doubt.

As the New York senator campaigned in West Virginia ahead of next Tuesday’s primary, Barack Obama’s campaign worked to finish off Clinton and began to focus on a general election battle against John McCain.

At least four new Democratic superdelegates shifted toward Obama on Wednesday, convinced by his double-digit victory in North Carolina and better-than-expected showing in Indiana that he will be the candidate who takes on McCain in November.

Among the newly added supporters was Virginia’s Jennifer McClellan, who used to support Clinton, as well as North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek, North Carolina Democratic National Committee member Jeanette Council and California DNC member Inola Henry.

A report from the IHT:

“At this defining moment in history – a moment when we’re facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril – we can’t afford to give John McCain the chance to serve out George Bush’s third term.”

McCain, though he clinched the nomination weeks ago, still faces significant signs of dissatisfaction among Republicans. One in four Republicans voted against him in North Carolina, as did one in five in Indiana.

Media types like Tim Russert have also been calling it over:

Then you have the upcoming Time Magazine cover:

Plus, Obama has picked up 4 more superdelegates:

All adding up to bad news for Clinton since the media has decided Obama is the nominee and, subsequently, they’re arguing that she should drop out.

My guess is she stays in until June in the hopes that, in some miraculous move, Obama withdraws and hands her the nomination. I don’t think that’s going to happen so it’s not looking good.

  • Fris

    I would be worried if I were her, considering she’s seen numerous super delegates go from supporting her to supporting Obama. True, she could still “persuade” the super delegates to vote for her in August, but the number of switches is still growing and staring her in the face..

  • Michael

    She is slated to win West Virginia, and I think it would be hard for her to lose Kentucky. So it would be interesting to see if she can last long enough to suffer these wins.

    However, after these two, the road will get much steeper. She should lose Oregon, and I do not think she’ll carry South Dakota (nor Puerto Rico). These other primaries should fuel the ends of her campaign, but it is all a question of whether she can make it long enough to get this two-prong victory…and if she can capitalize on it enough to build some momentum.

  • rd

    Hillary’s got something up her sleeve. Not sure what it is yet but I think in about a week, we’ll find out. Those Clintons are sneaky.

  • Whobody

    West Virginia for Obama!

  • tehmazing

    Michael I believe she will win Puerto Rico as well

  • Michael

    tehmazing, that is the conventional wisdom here, so pundits and polls support your stance. Obama takes Montana, Oregon, South Dakota and Clinton takes West Viriginia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, etc… According to these sources, the two “weak links” in Obama’s campaign are the Latino/Hispanics and the White blue collar. So Puerto Rico should go toward Clinton. That, and a good measure of Puerto Ricans have family in New York, Clinton’s political base, so all that spells good news for her.

    However, I going to bet the opposite. The momentum is against her, and I think the identity-politics regarding the Latino/Hispanic vote are overplayed. She might win, but I don’t think it is going to the landslid people have theorized.